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The Estonian basketball team
The Estonian basketball team Source: Photo: ERR Sport
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Kaia Kanepi, Estonia's top tennis star, began the US Open Tuesday by knocking off Pauline Parmentier (WTA 74) of France, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.

The two had previously played twice, with Kanepi coming out on top on both occasions, and now a third for good measure. The 50th ranked Kanepi goes on to face Samantha Stosur (21st).

Other sports news:

The Estonian national basketball team ended a tournament in Spain on a high note, beating Egypt 61-54 (34-28 half-time).

The team was in Spain, where the basketball World Cup will begin later this week, for a mini-tournament against World Cup participants, losing to Argentina and Senegal, and recording victories against Egypt and Senegal, against whom they played twice.

Watch the match against Egypt here.


Two of the football national team's key players have seen developments in their club careers recently.

Goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko, 37, was given an ultimatum by his Russian employer Volga Nizhny Novgorod to either accept a 40 percent salary cut or face life in the reserves. All ten players who were handed the ultimatum chose the latter.

Pareiko said he is looking forward to the national team convening next week as the situation in his club has deteriorated.

Konstantin Vassiljev, 30, has signed for Polish top league team Piast Gliwice, according to the club. Vassiljev has played for two teams in Slovenia and one in Russia after leaving FC Levadia in 2007.


National team coach Magnus Pehrsson has named 33 footballers for the friendly game against Sweden and the European Championship qualifying match against Slovenia.

Pehrsson will pick the final 23 team members from the following list:

Gaolkeepers (games for the national team/goals)
Mihkel Aksalu (07.11.1984) – Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (FIN) 12/0
Sergei Pareiko (31.01.1977) – FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod (RUS) 57/0
Pavel Londak (14.05.1980) – FK Bodø/Glimt (NOR) 24/0
Artjom Artjunin (24.01.1990) – Tallinna FC Levadia 3/0
Alo Bärengrub (12.02.1984) – Nõmme Kalju FC 45/0
Enar Jääger (18.11.1984) – klubita 105/0
Ken Kallaste (31.08.1988) – Nõmme Kalju FC 8/0
Ragnar Klavan (30.10.1985) – FC Augsburg (GER) 95/3
Igor Morozov (27.05.1989) – Debreceni VSC (HUN) 24/0
Artur Pikk (05.03.1993) – Tallinna FC Levadia 1/0
Taijo Teniste (31.01.1988) – Sogndal Fotball (NOR) 31/0
Ilja Antonov (05.12.1992) – Tallinna FC Levadia 7/0
Aleksandr Dmitrijev (18:02.1982) – Tallinna FC Levadia 85/0
Gert Kams (25.05.1985) – Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (FIN) 34/2
Joel Lindpere (05.10.1981) – FC Baník Ostrava (CZE) 92/7
Karol Mets (16.05.1993) – Tallinna FC Flora 7/0
Konstantin Vassiljev (16.08.1984) – klubita 71/17
Martin Vunk (21.08.1984) – Nõmme Kalju FC 63/1
Henri Anier (17.12.1990) – FC Erzgebirge Aue (GER) 15/5
Rimo Hunt (05.11.1985) – FC Kaisar Kõzõlorda (KAZ) 6/1
Henrik Ojamaa (20.05.1991) – Motherwell FC (SCO) 17/0
Ats Purje (03.08.1985) – Kuopion Palloseura (FIN) 44/4
Sergei Zenjov (20.04.1989) – Blackpool FC (ENG) 33/7